New Warnings as Coronavirus Officially at Pandemic Level

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Passengers look out from balconies aboard the Grand Princess as it cruises a holding pattern about 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The ship is expected to dock in Oakland in the east San Francisco Bay on Monday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the mayor of Oakland sought Sunday to reassure the public that none of the passengers from the ship with multiple cases of the new coronavirus will be released into the public before undergoing a 14-day quarantine. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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Passengers look out from balconies aboard the Grand Princess as it cruises a holding pattern about 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The ship is expected to dock in Oakland in the east San Francisco Bay on Monday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the mayor of Oakland sought Sunday to reassure the public that none of the passengers from the ship with multiple cases of the new coronavirus will be released into the public before undergoing a 14-day quarantine. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Coronavirus has reached the definitive level of global pandemic based on the number of confirmed cases and deaths and the lack of containment.

Responding to the COVID-19 threat, the US State Department is asking that Americans do not travel on cruise ships until the virus has been contained. Cruise ship Diamond Princess is scheduled to dock in Oakland where passengers needing hospitalization will be cared for in California health care facilities. The ship’s crew will be quarantined and treated onboard.

In other news, tomorrow will be a mini-Super Tuesday with primaries in Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Washington.

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